3 random gems from my wise maid this morning.:
Gem 1: We were discussing an imminent death in one of the TV soaps. She says: “People die only when they get a better role & more money. Wish that happened in real life”! Karma redefined?
Gem 2: [[Warning: this is a graphic one engaging all your senses!]]. She burps really loudly. Full throated. I say: Try keeping your mouth closed? She says: “You don’t understand – if you burp with your mouth open and let it out with a large sound, it lightens your stomach and is worth it. Otherwise why burp?”
Aside: As a child, I remember my Hindi tuition teacher who would burp right after drinking tea my mum served him. Burping loudly each time. I once asked him why he did that and he said it is to say “thank you”. Indian culture!
Gem 3: She is making me a nice spicy paste for fish. We’re chattering away. She asks me when my “gori” friend (“white” friend) is coming to stay again. Comments that my “gori” friend would find the masalas too spicy. And then comes up with this gem: “You know didi, they are so white because they eat so much butter and cheese and not enough spice”
My maid….she keeps me real. And is my number one in-home, real-time, living ethnography project!
Some of her earlier Gems:
On the Walk n Talk Idea Cellular ad: “should be banned!” tells me she has seen people fall off local train while talking on cellphone
Another time, she asks “are newsreaders on TV more intelligent & better educated than you, didi?” Her logic; they must be because they’re on TV and I am not
Then this one: “pple r saying obama is going to buy India. he’s rich & owns america. what will happen to congress/shiv sena?”